Col du Glandon is one of my very favourite climbs – especially the last three crazy kilometres.
The plan was to ride as hard as I could up to Glandon in one of the last “La Marmotte” training rides. I felt great and did pretty well (for me) beating my previous best up here.
It was seriously cold at the top. A few Dutch cyclists eyed me jealously as I added leggings, arm warmers and a jacket. They were going to freeze.
From Glandon, I leisurely pedaled the 2.5 kilometres up to Col de la Croix de Fer chatting with some other Dutch cyclists (they are everywhere).
This will be the first descent in “La Marmotte” on July 3rd. I need to remember how steep and technical the first few hairpins are here.
Every year there are lots of crashes. The last time I did La Marmotte there were ambulances/gendarmes at the first 3 hairpins. There were huge holdups in 2006 due to crashes and, tragically there is a memorial plaque at the edge of the cliff for a rider who died in 2005.
I will descend this cautiously.